Saturday, December 22, 2018

Christmas Break 2018 day 3

By Elizabeth Prata

I've always loved Youtube. You can find a wealth of things to watch, on a variety of topics. I've enjoyed 'getting to know' the Maas family on Fathering Autism, Simon's Cat, and Kathryn, who hosts her own channel called Do It On A Dime.

She shops deals at the Dollar Tree, Wal-Mart, Target and other places, and shows you unique ways to use the items. I like this because I'm so linear, if I see a cookie sheet, it will always be a cookie sheet. I cannot re-imagine it as a picture frame or a doohickey or thingamajig. See? I'm so linear I can't even make up other uses for the cookie sheet. It's a cookie sheet.

Anyway, Kathryn will teach how to find deals and how to use the stuff. She is married, a Christian, suffers from anxiety and PTSD and is cheerful and informative. Her Q&A video below is concise without extraneous filler. Podcasters and Youtubers, please take note. Editing is important.

Anyway, Kathryn's video here is only 5 minutes and she answers various questions. It's a good get to know you vid, she answers while wrapping presents. If you run out of wrapping paper and have a 4 inch wide gap the paper won't meet, Kathryn has a solution for this. ;)

The day dawned cold and bright. The pinks coming up this morning were pretty! I took a walk down the driveway in the pre-dawn chill to snap these pics


I bought another teapot a couple of weeks ago I'd seen it on the shelf at the vintage store for several months, but I had thought it was a run of the mill pot so even though the price was only $4, I had not picked it up. After all these months of looking at it every time I came into the store, I finally bought it. In researching the pottery mark, I discovered that it was a unique Russian make, a Gardner, but I have not discovered its age as of yet.

In any case, it is likely mid-century. When I installed the pot on my tea cabinet shelf, I noticed that over time, I'd balanced my china designs of the flowered early century patterns with an equal amount of mid-century ware. This surprised me. I had not realized I'd developed a taste for mid-century design.

I think it began when I'd read an article about the Los Angeles Case Study #22 house, also known as The Stahl House, here.

The house is iconic, and has its own Wikipedia entry:
The Stahl House (also known as Case Study House #22) is a modernist-styled house designed by architect Pierre Koenig in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles, California, which is known as a frequent set location in American films. Photographic and anecdotal evidence suggests that the architect's client, Buck Stahl, may have provided an inspiration for the overall structure. In 2013 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
I've always gravitated to fashion that was more lean and spare, like Chanel as opposed to Laura Ashley. Lean and spare style of the mid-century modern, with its elevated couches, straight edges, and minimalist interiors suit me. Here is the famous photo of the famous house:

Here are a couple of pieces of Christmas wrapping paper a friend gave me, mid-century era. She said it was in her attic and ranged in age from the 1940s to 1970s.

Here are some pics of my walk down the road this bright and sunny afternoon. The air is chill but the  sun is warm, something I always love about a Georgia winter.


Grace to You said...

Did someone die in that famous house? Seems like I remember something like that.

Elizabeth Prata said...

In 2013 so, Mark Stahl committed suicide. I'm not sure if there was an earlier death.